Barnsley Cricket Club was assessed in 2005 for the Sport England Clubmark award and was the first club in South Yorkshire to pass the standard! It's a great achievement resulting from much hard work from all at the club.
Barnsley Cricket Club is one a growing number of Cricket Clubs that take the welfare of children at their club incredibly seriously. By taking the time to work towards and achieving ClubMark we have shown our commitment to our junior players and to its wider local community.
The Clubmark logo is recognised by both ECB and Sport England and it tells teachers, parents, community leaders, Local Authorities, funding agencies and all those with a responsibility for the welfare of young children that Barnsley Cricket Club is a safe place for children to enjoy playing cricket.
The Clubmark logo proves the club has a:
- Child Welfare policy
- Specific personnel trained in Child Welfare issues
- Comprehensive Insurance cover
- The capability to deal administer First Aid where needed
- Constitution that allows any child to play and get involved
More importantly it proves that Barnsley Cricket Club at Shaw Lane is a club that you can send your child safe in the knowledge they will be well looked after and enjoy their cricket.
WHAT IS CLUBMARK?
Sport England's Clubmark is an accreditation for sports clubs with junior sections in recognition of a quality club. It has been introduced to:
- Ensure sport's national governing bodies (NGB's) have core common criteria to ensure good practice runs through all development and accreditation schemes.
- To empower parent(s)/carer(s) in choosing a club for their children.
- To recognise an accredited club through a common approach to branding.
- To provide a focus around with NGB's, Sport England, Sports Coach UK, Child Protection in Sport Unit, County Sports Partnerships, English Federation of Disability Sport, Women Sports Foundation, Sporting Equals, Local Authorities and others can come together to support good practice in sports clubs working with children and young people.
Nearly half of all children and young people are members of clubs outside school and it is important that these clubs serve young people well. The reasons include:
- Ensuring the well-being of young people whilst in the care of adults, other than legal parent(s)/carer(s).
- Enthusing young people to enjoy sport and active recreation to build a healthy lifestyle.
- Enabling young people to use their leisure time creatively.
- Developing young people's talents.
- Identifying and developing the most talented young people for representative sport.
Clubmark sets core and common criteria for sports clubs to meet in the following categories:
- Child Protection
- Coaching and competition
- Sports equity and ethics
- Club management
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- We will be better organised and resourced as a club and able to further develop.
- We will be in a position where we can increase membership if necessary to ensure the future of the club whilst increasing the competitive pool from which to draw in the future.
- We will be networked into local and national sports organisations that can provide further support.
- We will be promoted in the local community and on a national database.
WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO ACHIEVE CLUBMARK?
- Increased our number of qualified coaches
- All volunteers working with children and young people have been police checked.
- All senior playing members and any senior member who is around children and young people on a regular basis have completed "Self Declaration" forms.
Now we have this accreditation the work doesn't stop! We will be constantly monitoring the situation to ensure that we provide the right facilities for the club to develop.
If you have any questions relating to Barnsley Cricket Club's Clubmark accreditation, please contact Dave Clayton at firstname.lastname@example.org. For general information visit the Sport England Clubmark Site athttp://www.sportengland.org/clubmark.htm.